In late July, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets had a predicable conclusion to the quarterback’s free-agency saga.
Fitzpatrick signed a one-year, $12 million deal to stick around in New York just in time for training camp.
Now with the season less than a week away, Fitzpatrick’s contract situation seems like a distant memory.
“I think I’m in a great situation,” the quarterback said after practice on Monday, per Newsday. “I really wanted to be back here, because I felt like, as an offense, we definitely had some unfinished business from last year. I think it’s a really talented team, and I just feel like it’s the perfect spot for me.”
Fitz went even further with his Jets praise and optimism for 2016.
“With the personnel we have, with the coaches we have in place,” Fitzpatrick said, “if I’m gonna succeed in this league, it’s gonna be here and it’s gonna be now.”
The veteran quarterback had his best statistical year last season in his 11th season in the league. Fitz passed for 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions — resulting in his second best quarterback rating of his career (88.0).
His 2015 efforts had an abrupt ending when Fitzpatrick had his worst game of the season in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills to close the door on Gang Green’s playoff chances. The quarterback threw for 181 yards and had two touchdowns but threw three costly interceptions to slam the door on the New York’s season.
The quarterback is using last year’s mishaps as a learning experience and wants to build off his success from last season.
“I hope I have a better year this year, because there’s a lot of things I can improve on from last year,” he said. “People see last year as a career year for me, but I left a lot on the table, too. There’s a lot of ways I can get better.”
A better Fitzpatrick will give the Jets a real good chance at making the playoffs. At least that’s what Jets Nation is hoping for.